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Head Start: Opportunities Exist to Better Align Resources with Child Poverty

GAO-24-106077
Feb 27, 2024
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4 Open Recommendations
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Congress Congress should consider reviewing and revising, as appropriate, statutory provisions governing how annual Head Start funding is allocated to assure that they align with congressional priorities and goals for Head Start. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Congress Congress should consider reviewing and revising, as appropriate, statutory provisions governing the allocation of Head Start and Early Head Start expansion funding to assure that they align with congressional priorities. For example, Congress could clarify the provision governing which states should receive a higher proportion of Head Start expansion funding and the provision governing how Early Head Start expansion funds should be allocated to achieve an "equitable national geographic distribution" of grants, as indicated in law. (Matter for Consideration 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct OHS to use its existing grant-making authority to consider the geographic distribution of Head Start resources across communities when awarding competitive grants. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct OHS to use the data it already collects to assess relative rates of access to Head Start services and to help identify areas where additional services may be needed. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

K-12 Education: DOD Has Taken Steps to Support Students Affected by Problematic Sexual Behaviors, but Challenges Remain

GAO-24-106182
Feb 13, 2024
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Department of Defense The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should direct the DODEA Director to assess the benefits and drawbacks of its current reporting process for incidents of normative sexual behavior among students. As a part of its efforts, DODEA should obtain school administrators' feedback on the amount of time spent investigating and reporting normative incidents, and whether there are opportunities to reduce reporting burden or stigma for these incidents. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should direct the Military Community Advocacy Directorate to monitor the consistency with which DODEA is included on the multidisciplinary team, and take further actions, as needed, to improve participation. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should direct the Military Community Advocacy Directorate to monitor the results of its efforts to assure that FAP clinicians have the training needed to treat students exhibiting problematic sexual behavior and take additional actions, as needed, to close gaps in clinical expertise. This assessment could leverage data from the Military Community Advocacy Directorate's new case management system. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should direct the Military Community Advocacy Directorate to evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of its existing and planned strategies to systematically address low participation in FAP support services. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should direct the Military Community Advocacy Directorate to assess whether the current response policy to incidents of problematic sexual behaviors involving civilian-dependent students is sufficient to ensure the safety of all DODEA students and develop a plan to bridge any gaps. This assessment could include a review of current eligibility policies and identify opportunities to offer clinical support services to all DODEA students. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

K-12 Education: Education Could Enhance Oversight of School Improvement Activities

GAO-24-105648
Jan 30, 2024
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Department of Education The Secretary of Education should update monitoring protocols to ensure that monitoring staff independently select support and improvement plans for review. (Recommendation 1)
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Education generally agreed with this recommendation. They plan to begin updating protocols to ensure that staff independently select CSI plans for review in Spring 2024

Higher Education: VA Should Provide Additional Information to Its Staff and Schools on the Rogers STEM Scholarship

GAO-24-106492
Jan 17, 2024
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4 Open Recommendations
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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should clarify in its written resources for school certifying officials the role of schools in the Rogers STEM scholarship application process and the information needed from these officials. (Recommendation 1)
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VA agreed with this recommendation. The agency plans to work with school certifying officials to better identify the role of schools in the Rogers STEM scholarship application process and clarify the information needed. It will update written resources based on their feedback. We will monitor VA's progress on this effort.
Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should clarify the Rogers STEM scholarship eligibility requirements for clinical training programs on its website and in the School Certifying Official Handbook. (Recommendation 2)
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VA agreed with this recommendation. The agency plans to work with school certifying officials regarding eligibility requirements for clinical training programs and the interpretation of external partners. It will then clarify the eligibility requirements and update the necessary resources, to include updating its website and the Handbook. We will monitor VA's progress on these efforts.
Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should develop and implement formal procedures for VA staff to examine potentially mismatched STEM and non-STEM Classification of Instructional Programs codes and majors to ensure they accurately represent a veteran's major and the correct code for that major. (Recommendation 3)
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VA agreed with this recommendation. The agency plans to formalize procedures to review and update the list of majors eligible for the scholarship. VA plans to publish this updated list so it is available to veterans claims examiners, school officials, and interested students. We will monitor's VA progress on this effort. We will monitor VA's progress on this effort.
Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should update the list of majors eligible for the Rogers STEM scholarship, ensure veterans claims examiners have access to a complete list, and make this complete list publicly available. (Recommendation 4)
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VA agreed with this recommendation. The agency plans to formalize procedures to review and update the list of majors eligible for the scholarship. VA plans to publish this updated list so it is available to veterans claims examiners, school officials, and interested students. We will monitor VA's progress on this effort.